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I want to take a ‘non-opposition’ strategy in this conversation. You can’t reach people by trying to deny their reality, so instead of making an argument to persuade you to see the world my way I’d rather try to build on what we all already know.
This website is dedicated to discussion about decentralising democracy and the enormous potential benefits of using open-source networks to replace political hierarchies.
There are two main elements to running a society, trust and accountability.
We all know that we want to be free and we should all agree that the limit to freedom is causing harm. We all want the world to give us a fair shot, but we don’t all need to have perfect equality. We all want to be happy and secure, but we acknowledge the duality of our emotional states. We all want to be individuals and to be special in our own ways, but we’re defined by our need for community and our dependence on one another.
I believe that real freedom is impossible unless power is made accountable to everyone. I do not believe that elections or laws function effectively to administer accountability because they have been corrupted by the influence of money and power from legislative conception right through to practical application and enforcement. Those with the best lawyers or the biggest lobbying contributions always get their way in the end.
Our society encourages the unnatural amplification and projection of personal bias by perpetuating the hierarchy model of social order, despite the ineptitude and innate limitation of those individuals holding the reins. A minority of individuals hold dominion over human will and the direction we take on a global scale. These people are not necessarily evil or intent on harm, but the power they hold far outstrips their ability to know what is best, so we all suffer under the weight of their unavoidable mistakes. The communist experiment failed because it centralised power in the hands of the few and those individuals were not capable of knowing what was best for everyone else. Free market, democratic capitalism decentralised power and allowed people to develop and evolve their own society, but over time it has been corrupted by the same problem of ever increasing concentrations of power.
Thankfully, the problems of excessive and centralised power do have a solution.
This website is about direct democracy and the challenge we face to collaboratively design, create and legitimise a working model to solve the problem of misdirected power through decentralisation and direct democratic accountability: the only way to stop power from harming anyone is to make it accountable to everyone.
We’re living in an age of scientific and technological empowerment and the crypto-technological shift towards technologies like Blockchain and Github has created a host of exciting possibilities. We must take advantage of the technologies and tools that could provide us with a functioning true, democracy that would have been inconceivable to the social architects of history.
The Occupy Power essay makes a basic proposal for the form and function of a new kind of democratic system that attempts to solve the problem of power. Hacking Politics is a Q&A dedicated to developing and improving the ideas proposed in Occupy Power through dialogue with anyone who will participate.
The snowball of direct democracy could transform our world beyond recognition and the technology already exists to realise that dream. I think joining this fight is the most worthwhile challenge anyone could devote themselves to and I hope I can persuade you to agree. This proposal offers a solution to all problems by creating the system which might empower all of us to address any issue and to participate in the community of problem solving and opinion development.
Please get in touch with your questions and comments, either by leaving a comment under an article or by emailing me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to answer all questions publicly in the ‘Hacking Politics Q&A’ section, so expect your question and my response to be posted. Thank you in advance for participating in this discussion.
“For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw a vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be…
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, as there rain’d a ghastly dew
From the nations’ airy navies grappling in the central blue…
Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle-flags were furl’d
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.”
(Alfred Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall)